Survey of Working Life: December 2012 quarter

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 June 2013

Key facts

Two changes were made on 12 July 2013 to the key facts and commentary sections of this release. See the correction for details.


In the December 2012 quarter, for all employed people:

  • 85 percent were either 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' in their main job
  • 8 percent were 'dissatisfied' or 'very dissatisfied' with their work-life balance
  • 18 percent had 'always' or 'often' felt stressed at work in the previous 12 months
  • 10 percent had experienced discrimination, harassment, or bullying at work in the previous 12 months.

And for all employees:

  • 36 percent who had started their main job in the previous 12 months had started on a 90-day trial
  • 10 percent were temporary workers
  • 27 percent were members of a union
  • 17 percent of permanent employees thought the chance of losing their job in the next 12 months was 'medium', 'high', or 'almost certain'.


 Graph, Job satisfaction and work-life balance satisfaction, by employment relationship, December 2012 quarter.


Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician
26 June 2013
ISBN 978-0-478-40837-9